November 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) have a disagreement in the first clip released from highly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” She’s the reluctant symbol of a growing revolution and just wants him to run away with her before they’re all killed, but he’s eager to fight the oppressive Capitol. It’s the start of a rift that would change everything between the best friends, and Hemsworth and Lawrence are great in this.
Francis Lawrence has taken over directing duties from Gary Ross on the second installment of adapting Suzanne Collins’ massively popular young adult novels, and they are already hard at work filming back-to-back adaptations of the final book, “Mockingjay.” Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland return to reprise their roles, while newbies Sam Claflin and Jena Malone as fan favorites Finnick and Jonanna will make their first appearances.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd, so we are in the thick of it now. See the first clip below, with many more sure to follow.
September 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jennifer Lawrence takes one final aim on the theatrical poster for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” released today by Lionsgate.
With “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” already filming, promo is now starting to heat up for the November release of the first sequel to 2012′s “The Hunger Games,” aka the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for a non-sequel. This time Katniss finds herself inexplicably back in the Hunger Games, a 75th Annual edition featuring all past victors. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is back as her closest ally in the Games, along with newbies Jena Malone and Sam Claflin as fellow Gamers Johanna and Finnick, while Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks’ Effie and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale will all be watching anxiously outside the waterlogged arena. The tagline “Remember Who the Enemy Is” is a nod to the evolution of Katniss’s story, a reminder indeed that her opponents in the Games are not the real threat.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd, with advance tickets going on sale tomorrow. See the final poster below.
July 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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The youth-driven powerhouse duo of Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are the first to announce film panels at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, now just a few short weeks away. Not surprisingly, Young Adult adaptation franchises dominate their lineup, with “Divergent” and “Ender’s Game” kicking things off with panels on Thursday, July 18th and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” keeping things going on Saturday, July 20th.
On Thursday, “Divergent” is bringing nearly its entire cast – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort and more – as well as author Veronica Roth to its panel, where the first footage from the movie will be screened as well. “Ender’s Game”, not to be outdone, will be represented by cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin. We’ve seen footage from this movie before, but fans will get another kind of exclusive with a Fan Experience exhibit at the convention.
On Saturday, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will debut a brand new trailer from the film, but the main attraction will probably be the cast in attendance. They are careful not to confirm anyone specifically, but the majority of convention goers will probably be hoping to see newly minted Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen herself – who’s never attended Comic-Con before – in person. The Lionsgate panel will also feature brand new footage from “I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart and Jai Courtney.
See below for the official releases and more info on these panels, in booth events, and more.
May 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth is going from District 12 to a different type of futuristic world. Deadline reports Hemsworth has been set to star in “Aurora Rising”, in which he’ll play a surfer turned ombat pilot who’s recruited to test out the next generation of military aircrafts just as an international conflict escalates. Christian Gudegast wrote the script and it appears the film has no director just yet.
Hemsworth was recently in Cannes promoting sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which comes out this November, and he’s also got a second and third sequel, “Mockingjay” Parts 1 & 2 to film. Between stints as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend/love interest in Panem, he starred in “The Expendables 2″ and wrapped filming on upcoming thrillers “Empire State” and “Paranoia.”
May 14, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
In a welcome respite from Floating Head syndrome, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen stands tall and from a far distance away in the first poster released for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, released this morning via the movie’s official Instagram.
Taglined with a quote from the book – “The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand” – which the film’s social media handles have been teasing for days, the poster has a painted feel and gives nothing away about the plot, which picks up after the events of the first film, with Lawrence’s Katniss back at home after emerging victorious alongside Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games. The two don’t have long to rest though, as their actions in the games have sparked a revolution amongst the oppressed people of Panem and fire is quickly catching. Liam Hemsworth returns for more screentime as Gale, Katniss’ best friend, Woody Harrelson is back as Katinss and Peeta’s alcoholic mentor, Lenny Kravtiz’s Cinna, Elizabeth Banks‘ Effie and Willow Shields’ Prim are all back, as well as newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd and the first poster can be viewed below.
April 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, has been running a social media marketing campaign wherein they reveal new images over at Hunger Games Explorer in exchange for tweets of designated movie-related hashtags, and we have our first look at Willow Shields reprising her role as the youngest Everdeen sister Prim in one of the recently uncovered images.
But fear not, there’s also new images of the main attraction of these movies, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, looking grim and battered as always. Nothing new yet of Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale or newcomers Sam Claflin and Jena Malone as Finnick and Johanna, respectively, but they’ll probably turn up soon – it’s just a matter of how fast teenage girls can tweet. It’s also been reported today by Showbiz 411 that some kind of star-studded presentation for the film may take place next month at the Cannes Film Festival. We will be there, and will hopefully get to see it, whatever it may turn out to be.
In the meantime, you can see the new photos below, and the Francis Lawrence-directed film itself will be released on November 22nd.
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star Jena Malone will be trading in a futuristic battlefield for a creepy Victorian manor in her new film “Angelica”, according to Deadline.
In the 19th Century England-set film based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Malone will play Constance, who marries Dr. Joseph Barton and gives birth to a baby girl named Angelica. After the difficult childbirth, doctors force the couple to remain celibate, which causes problems in their marriage and on top of that, somehow allows a ghostly presence to move into the household and wreak havoc on the already tenuous relationships of its occupants. Mitchell Lichtenstein will direct.
Malone recently wrapped up shooting the pivotal role of Johanna Mason in Francis Lawrence’s sequel “The Hunger Games” Catching Fire.” Last seen on the big screen opposite Emily Browning in Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, she also recently appeared on hit TNT mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” and is attached to play acclaimed novelist Carson McCullers in “Lonely Hunger.”
February 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming hasn’t even completed yet, but the viral marketing for sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a go. Today two versions of the first poster for the film, designed as Victory Tour posters which fit inside the plot of the story itself, have been released featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. HitFix released one, and the newly rebranded official Facebook the other.
The Victory Tour Katniss and Peeta embark on take place at the beginning of “Catching Fire”, following (spoiler alert?) their unprecedented victory in their first Hunger Games, which took place in the first film directed by Gary Ross. Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties for the sequel – and will direct the rest of the films in the series – which will see Kantiss and Peeta thrown back into another life or death competition, collecting new friends and foes along the way. Sam Claflin nabbed the coveted role of Finnick, while Jena Malone joins the cast as Johanna.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 22nd. The new posters can be viewed below, with probably more items to whet your appetite coming soon.
January 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: New images of Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta have been added.
Oh yeah, “The Hunger Games” is still a thing. In just ten short months, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which will see the return of Jennifer Lawrence’s teen heroine Katniss Everdeen, will be released, and today EW has our first look at Lawrence and newcomer Sam Calflin, who plays fan favorite Finnick.
The two, wearing futuristic wetsuits and wielding their signature weapons – Katniss with her bow and arrows, Finnick with his trident – cover the magazine’s new issue, which also unveils a rather intimate moment between the two as the movie’s first official still. As fans of the book now and as director Francis Lawrence is now translating to screen, Finnick is a bit of a flirt who teases and flusters the usually level-headed Katniss, who he meets when they are both chosen to compete in the Quarter Quell, an anniversary edition of the Hunger Games that pits previous victors against one another. We’re not sure yet if Claflin is pulling off that sexy side of his character, but it’s still early yet, with filming only having wrapped recently in Hawaii. No images in sight just yet of returning characters like Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Elizabeth Banks as Effie, or other newcomers like Jena Malone as Johanna Mason, Finnick’s cunning and fearless partner.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released on November 21, 2013, and the first two images of Lawrence and Claflin can be viewed below.